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This ETF offers broad-based exposure to the U.S. energy industry, making it a potentially useful tool for those looking to fine tune the domestic equity portion of their portfolio or perhaps pair against another sector/region in a long/short trade. VDE is one of the most competitive energy ETFs available from a cost perspective, in a similar class as XLE and FEG on the expenses front. VDE distinguishes itself from XLE in terms of exposure depth, including roughly four times the number of individual stocks. Like most energy ETFs, concentration is a big issue in VDE; a few stocks account for big chunks of the total portfolio, and large caps dominate the underlying basket. The equal-weighted RYE is one interesting alternative, as is the alpha-seeking FXN.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for VDE on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Energy Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb.com Category.
This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Vanguard)
There are 3 other ETFs in the Energy Equities ETFdb.com Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of VDE relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.
This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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